October 21, 2015

Hazen football heads to postseason

By Jarann Johnson

The Hazen Bison football team is a playoff regular, but in the new playoff format, the Bison found themselves facing being lower than the No. 2 seed and possibly traveling for the first round of the playoffs.
 In order to lock in the No. 2 seed and avoid traveling for the first round of the playoffs, Hazen needed to top Southern McLean on the road last Friday.
Hazen accomplished their goal last week topping Southern McLean 8-6. The game was a true battle. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Hazen broke through in the second quarter.
Starting senior quarterback Chase Bruner completed a 10-yard pass to senior wide out Josh Snyder for the score and lead. Hazen Head Coach Bret Johnsrud elected to go for two points after the score.
Johnsrud’s gamble turned out very well for Hazen. Bruner ran in the two-point conversion making the score 8-0. From there, both teams battled but no one took advantage and the score remained 8-0 at halftime.
At the end of the half it was clear what both teams needed to do. Hazen needed to keep Southern McLean out of the end zone, and Southern McLean needed to get into the end zone and give their home fans something to scream about.
Southern McLean got their fans up and excited with a 4-yard third quarter touchdown run by Gunnar Hyttein. Hyttein’s run made the score 8-6.
Southern McLean elected to go for two and try to tie the game. But the Hazen defense was ready and stopped the passing attempt to preserve their league.
Defending against Southern McLean’s offense was enough to preserve an 8-6 win and avoid a regular season rematch with Westhope. Instead of going on the road, Velva will come to Hazen this week.


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